Paris - Nice 2015

March 8-15, 2015, Maurepas, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

“The Race to the Sun” starts off today with a 6.7km prologue. Hello and welcome to our live coverage.

  1. 14:05:34 CET

    Paris-Nice has started! Right now our best time is Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin) at 8:04.
  2. 14:08:34 CET

    Today’s prologue is a city course with sharp turns but mostly flat. We are in Maurepas, south-west of Paris.
  3. 14:12:16 CET

    28 riders have finished so far, and van Barrle still leads.
  4. 14:15:59 CET

    Who do we expect to win today? Well, Bradley Wiggins of Sky – are there any other candidates? Tony Martin, possibly, but he only said that he hopes to do his best today. Such short courses aren’t really his strength.

  5. 14:17:42 CET

    It is a lovely sunny day today.

     

  6. 14:20:16 CET

    Second best time now is for Australia champion Heinrich Haussler (IAM), who is 4 seconds slower than van Baarle. 

     

  7. 14:22:45 CET

    Imanol Erviti (Movistar) has now moved into second place, with a time of 8:06.

  8. 14:25:31 CET

    Adam Hansen, a real fan favourite, is on the course now.

     

  9. 14:26:47 CET

    Tiago Machado of Katusha, has just put in a new best time, of exactly 8:00. 

     

  10. 14:27:35 CET

    And Giacomo Nizzolo of Trek had moved ahead of van Baarle as well, at 8:02.

     

  11. 14:29:52 CET

    Daniel McClay of Bretagne-Seche was the first off, at 13:35, and he put in a time of 8:40.
  12. 14:33:35 CET

    Dayer Quintana, the younger brother of Giro d'Italia winner Nairo, has started off on the course.
  13. 14:34:55 CET

    World hour record holder Rohan Dennis of BMC is riding now.
  14. 14:36:47 CET

    Looks like Dennis will smash the time here as well!
  15. 14:37:42 CET

    • BMC Racing 2015 team jersey
    He comes in at 7:40.36 -- more than 20 seconds faster than Machado!
  16. 14:40:00 CET

     Alexander Kristoff of Katusha is now underway. He has 4 wins already this season -- but not in time trials.

  17. 14:41:18 CET

    95 riders still to go.

     

  18. 14:43:31 CET

    Ben King of Garmindale passes under the flamme rouge on his way to the finish line.

     

  19. 14:45:00 CET

    King is now fourth, at 8:03.95

     

  20. 14:46:41 CET

    Kristoff is wearing what look to be "glow in the dark" yellow booties. Would be helpful on foggy days...

    He comes in at 8:06.

     

  21. 14:50:05 CET

    All of the riders are going off at one-minute intervals today.
  22. 14:52:33 CET

    • Astana 2015 team jersey
    We now see Luis Leon Sanchez, riding for Astana. The team faces an uncertain future, with a hearing at the UCI Licencing committee coming up later this month.
  23. 14:55:03 CET

    There are groups of fans along the way, all cheering furiously for every rider who comes along.
  24. 14:56:46 CET

    We are halfway done! 80 riders have started.
  25. 14:58:56 CET

    Luis Leon Sanchez is the next to break the 8 minute mark. He crosses the line in 7:50, giving him second place at the moment, still 10 seconds slower than Dennis.
  26. 15:00:11 CET

    Lots of fast men underway now. Ruben Fernandez of Movistar is now third, at 8:00.39.
  27. 15:04:54 CET

    In other news, there are some stories that just never seem to go away. Like Servais Knaven and allegations of doping and Team Sky supporting him.

  28. 15:06:31 CET

    7:58,91 for Tom-Jelte Slagter of Cannondale-Garmin, giving him third.

     

  29. 15:09:41 CET

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    Nicolas Roche has less than 3 km to go. We expect his teammate Wiggins to win here. 

     

  30. 15:14:19 CET

    Here are our standings at the moment: 

    1 Rohan Dennis (BMC) 7:40

    2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) +0:10

    3 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin) +0:18

    4 Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) +0:20

    5 Tiago Machado (Katusha) +0:20

  31. 15:17:13 CET

    8:17 for Roche, and no top finish.

     

  32. 15:21:40 CET

    The Tour de Langkawi has had to change its course and take out the Genting Highlands mountaintop finish. This makes some teams, including MTN-Qhubeka, not real happy.

     

  33. 15:23:46 CET

    • Lampre Merida 2015 team jersey

     Lampre's Ruben Plaza has now taken over third place, 16 seconds slower than Dennis.

  34. 15:26:47 CET

    • Etixx-QuickStep 2015 team jersey

    Tom Boonen is underway in the sunshine.

     

  35. 15:27:43 CET

    He finishes in a time of 8:05.

     

  36. 15:29:04 CET

    Next up? Richie Porte of Sky. He may well be looking at the overall title here.

     

  37. 15:31:13 CET

    Porte is the Australian national TT champion, so he is sporting white kit with the yellow and green stripes. 

     

  38. 15:34:32 CET

    Porte is really going all out here!

     

  39. 15:35:34 CET

    He is in the final km now. 

     

  40. 15:37:11 CET

    • Team Sky 2015 team jersey

    A great time for Porte: 7:54.42, which puts him third at the moment, only 15:06 behind Dennis.

     

  41. 15:38:48 CET

    And Lars Boom prompty takes over third with a time of 7:50.

     

  42. 15:41:28 CET

    Another fast man, Tony Martin, is now on the course. 

     

  43. 15:44:08 CET

    Martin is wearing his German national champion's jersey.

     

  44. 15:45:09 CET

    Jack Bauer has taken over fifth place, 16 seconds down.

     

  45. 15:46:27 CET

    Martin enters the final km. There are no intermediate times here, so we don't know how well he is going. 

     

  46. 15:47:57 CET

    Only second place for Martin, who crosses the line at 7:47.45, which is 7:09 down. Not bad, though, since he prefers the longer time trials.

     

  47. 15:50:54 CET

    • Lotto-Soudal 2015 team jersey

    A good time for Lotto's Greg Henderson, at just over the 8 minute mark.

     

  48. 15:53:44 CET

    Bradley Wiggins will be taking off soon, and as Team Sky tells us, "There's a special Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe following him in today's prologue. He's also got custom Pinarello.com colours and new Rapha kit."

  49. 15:56:25 CET

    Sprinter John Degenkolb shows his time trial qualities by taking over fifth place, 10 seconds down. 

     

  50. 16:03:13 CET

    Dennis still leads and this would be a massive coup for the hour record holder if he can hold off Wiggins.

  51. 16:05:02 CET

    Michał Kwiatkowski is out on the route too. He doesn't have the smoothest style but it's effective as he leaps from the saddle as he crests a small ridge. Talanksy is coming to the finish now and he settles for 28th, 25 seconds down on Dennis.

  52. 16:05:41 CET

    Thomas meanwhile finished 8th and Jungles puts in a decent ride to finish in 14th position.

  53. 16:06:18 CET

    1km to go for the road world champion but no time checks at this stage. He's certainly giving it everything as he cuts through a corner using a perfect apex.

  54. 16:07:21 CET

    Michał Kwiatkowski winds up for a sprint to the line. He comes over the line and takes the lead by .031 seconds. Impressive ride from the Pole.

  55. 16:07:57 CET

    Dumoulin will be coming through soon. The worlds medalist is out on the road and riding well.

  56. 16:08:53 CET

    And now Bradley Wiggins rolls down the start ramp in his Worlds skinsuit. He wasnt able to win the TT at the Tour of Qatar but this will be an indicator of his form as he prepares for Roubaix and then the Hour Record.

  57. 16:11:34 CET

    Gallopin crosses the line in 14th place as we see Wiggins out of the saddle in the early stages of his time trial. Now he's back on his TT bars.

    A reminder of our top ten riders to watch for Paris-Nice, is right here.

  58. 16:12:28 CET

    Chavanel is coming up to the line and he receives a huge cheer from the French crowd. He's not going to trouble the five, 7th, 10 seconds down on Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step).

  59. 16:13:37 CET

    Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step) is in the hot seat and says that he's really happy with his performance. No surprise in that but the fact he's beaten Martin is a slight shock, although Martin hasn't got the best record in prologues. The German is more of a deisel and takes a bit more time to warm up.

  60. 16:14:40 CET

    • BMC Racing 2015 team jersey

    Van Garderen is out on the course and on one of the slight drags that litter the course. It will be interesting to see how he measures up against Dennis with both riders in protected roles for this year's race.

  61. 16:15:23 CET

    Dumoulin is about to hit the line but it's not a great time. 9th , 13 seconds down on the Etixx leader.

  62. 16:16:05 CET

    Wiggins is coming to the line but he's not going to do it either.

  63. 16:16:27 CET

    Wiggins 11th, 15 seconds and behind Porte and Thomas.

  64. 16:17:26 CET

    Van Garderen comes to the line with a sprint, 11th 14 seconds down on Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step).

  65. 16:17:44 CET

    Peraud is still out there on the course.

  66. 16:21:36 CET

    Rui Costa comes to the line but the result is all but certain.

  67. 16:22:34 CET

    Peraud comes to the line in a time of 8:01. 26th place and 21 seconds off the time of Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step).

  68. 16:30:10 CET

    # Rider Name (Country) Team Result
    1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:07:40
    2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:07
    4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:10
    5 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team
    6 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
    7 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
    8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:12
    9 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:13
    10 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:14

  69. 16:32:19 CET

    A fine result from the road world champion, winning ahead of four of the top five in last year's Worlds time trial.

  70. 16:33:00 CET

    Thanks for joining us today. You can find our report, results, and photos from today's action, right here. We'll be back tomorrow with more racing from Paris-Nice.

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